Monday 19 August, 2019

St Vincent becomes first OECS island to decriminalise marijuana

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) has made history as the first OECS Member State to decriminalise marijuana for medical purposes and scientific research.

Speaking from SVG, Minister for Agriculture Saboto Ceaser, told the OECS that the passing of the Bill in Parliament on Tuesday,  December 11 signified the Caribbean island was now positioned to become a globally leading medicinal cannabis hub not only in terms of high-quality production but research.

“The planning of this innovative industry has been carefully conducted over a long period of time in close consultation with the agricultural sector and many different stakeholders to reach the level of maturity we see today.

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 “There is broad recognition and buy-in of the economic benefits this tightly controlled and regulated industry is expected to bring in terms of direct employment, the creation of support industries and foreign investment," he said noting that the SVG is unique in that their growing conditions are suited to producing the highest quality grade medicinal cannabis available on the global market.

OECS Director General Dr. Didacus Jules congratulated OECS Chairman and SVG PM Dr. Ralph Gonsalves and Caesar on their bold leadership in the creation of a modern medicinal cannabis industry framework.

“On behalf of the OECS Commission, I would like to particularly recognise the Hon. Sabato Caesar as the youngest parliamentary representative at the age of 37 for his tireless dedication to unlocking economic opportunities through agriculture for the OECS region – the agri shipping initiative being another successful program" said Dr. Jules.

Traditional cultivators, stakeholders and others have joined the Government in celebrating the passing of the Bill as the Government now moves to direct its focus toward implementation of the legal framework for the production of medicinal marijuana.

 

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